Recreation

Recreation is one of the premier opportunities for visitors to the Lassen National Forest. From springtime wildflower hikes to snowmobiling miles of freshly groomed trails in the winter, there is something for everyone! So go explore, camp, hike, kayak, fish, or just sit beneath the towering pines on a sunny afternoon and relax... the Lassen welcomes you!

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Almanor Campground Closed to Visitor Almanor Campgrounds are closed for the season. Almanor North campground is open to dispersed camping at no charge. No amenities are provided, so please pack out trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Almanor Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. For information and reservations please visit www.recreation.gov
Aspen Grove Open to Visitor $20.00 per night. $10.00 with Senior Pass
BIG PINE CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor Big Pine Campground is open for the season.  Come and join us beneath a canopy of majestic pines.
BRIDGE CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor Bridge Campground is open for the season. Spend some time near the soothing waters of Hat Creek or perhaps take a stroll on the Fisherman's Trail.
Battle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Bogard Campground Open to Visitor Thinning work will begin July 12th. Fridays only and continue through the summer.
Butte Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, so please pack out trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
CAVE CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor Cave Campground is open for the regular season.  Join us for a night in the trees along Hat Creek.  Explore the Subway Cave or drop a line along the Fisherman's Access Trail.
CHRISTIE Closed to Visitor .
CHRISTIE DAY USE Open to Visitor .
CRATER LAKE Open to Visitor Opens May 15th
Canyon Dam Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Cherry Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Cold Springs Open to Visitor
Domingo Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
EAGLE CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor
Elam Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Elam Creek Rest Area Closed to Visitor
GALLATIN BEACH Open to Visitor Opens May 15th
GALLATIN MARINA Open to Visitor Marina Store will open May 19th with limited hours and supplies.Full operation on Memorial weekend.
GOUMAZ Open to Visitor Restrooms and water will be restored May 15th, 2013.
Gurnsey Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Gurnsey Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. For reservation, please visit www.recreation.gov.
HAT CREEK CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor Hat Creek Campground is open for the season. Enjoy some fun in this sunny campground, drop a line in Hat Creek, or stroll along the Spatter Cones Nature Trail.
HAT CREEK GROUP CAMP Open to Visitor Hat Creek Group Camp is open for the season.  Bring your family and friends and join us for fun and fishing along the creek or perhaps a stroll through the Hat Creek Lava Flow.
HAT CREEK RIM OVERLOOK Open to Visitor The Hat Creek Rim Overlook is open for the season.  Stop by for a stunning view, a picnic, or a stroll along the Hat Creek Rim on the Pacific Crest Trail.
HONN CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor Honn Campground is open for the season. Come and enjoy the Hat Creek Ranger District at the Honn Campground, with facilities open year-round!
High Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
MERRILL Open to Visitor
McCarthy Point Lookout Open to Visitor Open for the season. For reservation, please visit www.recreation.gov
OLD STATION DAY USE PICNIC Open to Visitor Old Station Day Use Area is open for the season.  Stop in for a few peaceful hours along Hat Creek.  Enjoy a picnic beneath the pines or try your hand at fishing in the reknown waters of Hat Creek.
Potato Patch Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
ROCKY CAMPGROUND Open to Visitor  Rocky Campground is open for the season. This quiet campground is set beneath the pines along the Hat Creek Lava Flow. The bubbling waters of the creek are a peaceful backdrop and offer great fishing opportunities.
Rocky Knoll Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
SPATTERCONE NATURE TRAIL Open to Visitor Spattercone Day Use Area is open for the season. Take a walk along the fissure that formed the Hat Creek Lava flow.  Explor the craters, cones, and lava tubes that the eruption left behind.
SUBWAY CAVE Open to Visitor Subway Cave Day Use Area is open for the season. Explore the self guided lava tube and enjoy a picnic.  Guided tours are available Saturdays at 11:00 am through Labor Day.
Silver Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Soldier Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, so please pack out trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
WEST EAGLE Open to Visitor
Warner Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.

Spotlights

Cherry Hill Campground

Developed campground with 26 designated sites.  Maximum of 8 people per site.  Cherry Hill is a popular spot for beating the valley heat, located along a creek amongst the pines with a main drive-in area as well as walk-in sites across the creek.  Grills and tables provided.

CHRISTIE

Christie Campground is part of the Eagle Lake Recreation Area. Firewood is for sale at the campgrounds. All restrooms at Eagle Lake have flush toilets and electricity for razors, blowdryers, etc. All sites include a picnic table, fire ring and grill, and limited parking. The Eagle Lake Marina is close to all campgrounds at Eagle Lake (within 5 miles) and provides boat rentals and slips, hot showers, laundry, and a convenience store. Elevation is approximately 5100 feet.

Hay Meadows Trailhead

Accesses the southern boundary of the Caribou Wilderness.  Ample parking available for vehicles and trailers; popular equestrian staging location.

EAGLE CAMPGROUND

Eagle Campground provides family camping sites rated for 8 people and small group sites rated for 16 people maximum. Firewood is for sale at the campground. All restrooms include flush toilets and electrical outlets for blowdryers, razors, etc. All sites include a picnic table, fire ring and grill, and limited parking. The Eagle Lake Marina is close to all campgrounds at Eagle Lake (within 5 miles) and provides boat rentals and slips, hot showers, laundry, and a convenience store. Elevation is approximately 5100 feet.

SUBWAY CAVE

Explore the underground world of a lava tube. The self-guided trail is approximately 1/3 mile long and the cave is completely dark, so don't forget to bring a flashlight.

The floor is rough and jagged so wear sturdy shoes. A light jacket will ward off the chill as the cave remains a cool 46 degrees F.  Neither hardhats nor crawling is required! 

Pets are not allowed.

Rocky Knoll Campground

Developed campground near Silver Lake with 18 designated sites, some of which can accommodate RVs.  Water is available via hand pump. Grills and tables are provided.

Spencer Meadow Trailhead

Alpine meadows, tall timber, and flowing creeks await on the Spencer Meadow Trail. Stretching six miles, Spencer Meadow is registered as a National Recreation Trail. See www.americantrails.org for more information on National Recreation Trail designation.

Bogard Campground

Campground 1.75 miles off Highway 44. Fee. 11 sites. Hand pumped water. Maximum length of 25 feet. Dump station 27 miles away.

BOGARD VISITOR CENTER

Roadside rest stop off Highway 44. No fee. No camping or overnight parking. Restrooms. Piped water. Near snowmobile trailheads.

CHRISTIE DAY USE

Day use area on the south end of Eagle Lake. Camping is not allowed.

CRATER LAKE

Campground seven miles up steep rough road. Motor homes and large trailers not recommended. 17 sites near beautiful lake. Hand pumped water. No gas motors on lake. Dump station 34 miles away.

DOW BUTTE LOOKOUT

Dow Butte Lookout is a former fire lookout now available for the public to tour and enjoy the view.

Locherman Canyon

Locherman Canyon is a one-mile interpretive trail and outdoor classroom with an amphitheater.  Call the Almanor Ranger District office at 530-258-2141 for more information.

Almanor Beach

A large day use beach with a swimming area protected by buoys to separate swimmers from motor boats, jet skis, and other lake users.  Ample parking is provided within walking distance. 

Hole-in-the-Ground Campground

True to its name, Hole-in-the-Ground is tucked away in a steep, tree-covered draw alongside Mill Creek. A developed campground with 13 designated sites, there is a maximum of 8 people per site at this campground.  Grills and tables are provided.

Almanor Campground

Developed campground with 104 designated sites; maximum of 8 people per site.  Maximum RV length 40' (not all sites will accommodate this size; some are limited to 25').  Parking is limited.  Grills and tables provided.  ADA accessible site available.  Call the Almanor Ranger District for more information at (530) 258-2141.

Aspen Grove

Aspen Grove Campground is part of the Eagle Lake Recreation Area. Tent camping only. Piped water. All sites include a picnic table, fire ring and grill, and limited parking. The Eagle Lake Marina is close to all campgrounds at Eagle Lake (within 5 miles) and provides boat rentals and slips, hot showers, laundry, and a convenience store. Elevation is approximately 5100 feet. Please call for information from November thru April (530)257-6952 and from May thru October (530)825-3212. Year Round Fax: (530)257-3067.

Elam Campground

Developed campground with 15 designated sites; most can accommodate an RV.  Maximum of 8 people per site.  Grills and tables provided.

Gurnsey Creek Campground

Developed campground with 52 sites available.  Maximum of 8 people per site.

Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail, or the PCT, is arguably the most famous of the nation's designated National Scenic Trails.  Winding its way through spectacular vistas from Mexico to Canada, the PCT stretches 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington.  The Almanor Ranger District is home to 66 miles of the trail (including the 1,325 mile halfway point!) and provides multiple trailheads and access points.

The PCT is a non-motorized trail designed for hiking and equestrian use.  Portions of the trail are covered by snow in the winter months, but snowshoeing is encouraged.

McCarthy Point Lookout

Located within a state wildlife refuge, McCarthy Point Lookout was constructed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for use in spotting wildfires.  Now used as a recreational facility, the lookout is available to rent for a minimum of 2 nights; advance reservations are required. 

McCarthy Point is perched on the southern end of Mill Creek rim overlooking Mill Creek Canyon and the Ishi Wilderness.  The facility includes a kitchen, a bedroom with two sleeping platforms and 180 degree views, and a propane grill.  Potable water is unavailable, so bring your own drinking water. 

Please contact the Almanor Ranger District office at 530-258-2141 for more information.

Caribou Lake Trailhead

Wilderness trailhead at eastern boundary of Caribou Wilderness.  Access via Silver Lake Road or 10 Road to Caribou Lake.  Serves as primary wilderness access.  Parking for 20 vehicles and bulletin board provided.  Small boats may be launched into Caribou Lake from trailhead when lake levels allow.

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

This trail is an easy to moderate 19 mile round trip opportunity.  Park at the junction of Highway 89 and forest road 27N52 to begin.  Users may also access the trail from numerous points along Highway 89 for shorter 4 to 5 mile round trips.  The trail winds through a mixed conifer forest with spectacular views of Lake Almanor, Dyer Mountain, and Lassen Peak.  Watch for wildlife as you may see bald eagles, osprey, and goshawk.  The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.

GALLATIN BEACH

Day use area near Aspen campground. Great for family fun, sandcastles, sunbathing, and swimming. No lifeguard on duty.

OLD STATION INFORMATION CENTER

The Old Station Visitor Information Center is the hub of the Hat Creek recreation area. Here you can view interpretive displays including a living trout exhibit (seasonal) and delightful gardens. It is a pleasant stop to get answers to your forest questions. Maps, wood cutting permits, Christmas tree permits (Nov- Dec) nature books and interpretive items are available for sale.

Battle Creek Campground

Battle Creek Campground is a developed campground with 50 designated sites and a maximum of 8 people per site. Grills and tables are provided. Battle Creek Campground is close to Lassen Volcanic National Park which offers many diverse hiking trails and other outdoor amenities. Battle Creek Campground is located on Highway 36 approximately 2 miles west of Mineral, CA, and 38 miles east of Red Bluff, CA.

GALLATIN MARINA

Located at Eagle Lake, the Gallatin Marina offers boat and fishing equipment rentals, open boat storage, slip rentals, boat fuel, showers, laundry, and fish cleaning facilities. Fishing licenses, fishing supplies, camping supplies, ice, clothing, and food are for sale at the Marina store.

GOUMAZ

Goumaz campground is between Highways 36 and 44. Drinking water is available at the five unimproved campsites for small equipment. A dump station is 18 miles away.

MERRILL

Merrill Campground provides family camping sites rated for 8 people maximum. Firewood is for sale at the campground. All restrooms include flush toilets and electrical outlets for blowdryers, razors, etc. All sites include a picnic table, fire ring and grill, and limited parking. The Eagle Lake Marina is close to all campgrounds at Eagle Lake (within 5 miles) and provides boat rentals and slips, hot showers, laundry, and a convenience store. Elevation is approximately 5100 feet. Please call for information from October thru April (530) 257-3067 and from May thru September (530) 825-3212. Year Round Fax: (530) 257-3067.

ROXIE PECONOM

Off Highway 36, Roxie Peconom Campground has ten free sites. Parking is central in a lot and campers walk to sites. Water is hand pumped. The dump station is 7 miles away. 

Canyon Dam Boat Launch

Boat launch and day use area.  Open year round.

Domingo Springs Campground

Developed campground with 18 designated sites.  Maximum of 8 people per site.  Grills and tables are provided.  The local Maidu Indians referred to this spot as the "center of the universe".

Fire Danger Level: High
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